The small reception following the wedding was held outside in the large yard beside Marco’s barn. The weather had turned out to be warm and beautiful, and tables had been set up under various colored canopies, which gave the yard a festive look. A meal was served and the wedding party and guests enjoyed mingling and chatting with each other for a while afterwards. Then it was time for the dancing to begin.
As part of their wedding gift to the couple, Emma’s father, August, and Claire had worked two full weekends to clean out the huge barn, and spent another day decorating it with streamers and numerous bouquets of fresh flowers. A platform had been set up for the DJ, who provided a portable dance floor to cover the concrete area in front of where he would be playing the music.
When the DJ announced it was time for the newly married couple’s first dance, Killian took his wife’s hand and escorted her to the center of the floor. She looped her arms around his neck while he pulled her close.
They had chosen the song “Unbreakable” by Regine Velasquez for their special dance together. The lyrics seemed to chronicle a lot of their relationship from the beginning to where they were now. So many things had happened that could have kept them from being together - insecurities, misunderstandings, physical injuries and emotional trauma - but they had persevered and come out on the other side together, stronger than ever.
Sticks and stones may break our bones
But our bond won’t be broken
We’ll overcome and it’s just begun
Forgive whatever happened
Look how far we’ve come
Battles we have won
You and I are unbreakable
It wasn’t lost on their guests just how poignant these words were to the couple who was currently wrapped in their cocoon of love, swaying to the music as they looked into each other’s eyes.
We’re gonna make it right this time (but our bond won’t be broken)
It won’t be easy to forget the past
I won’t look back (we can’t look back)
‘Cause our love is unbreakable
You and I are unbreakable
As the end of the song drew near, Killian used his thumb to swipe away a tear from Emma’s cheek. “Happy tears, I hope, my love?”
“Happy can’t begin to describe my feelings, Killian. My heart is so full today! I get to marry my best friend, with my family and all of our friends surrounding us. It’s more than I could’ve ever possibly dreamed!”
His answering smile was the one that never failed to make her heart skip a beat or two. Sometimes she had to remind herself that someone as handsome as her husband truly did exist. Seeing him in a tux just added to her opinion that he was the most gorgeous man alive.
“I know exactly what you mean, Love. I’ve never known such happiness in my entire life as what I have with you, and with our life together. Every day I wake up more in love with you than I was the day before, which should be impossible, but apparently it’s not! I can hardly wait to see what our future holds.”
Neither of them noticed that the song had come to an end, until a new one began. This one was Killian’s choice, which he’d selected as a surprise for his bride. As the first few notes of Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” started to play, he tightened his grip around her waist and pressed his cheek against hers, singing so that only she could hear.
I found a love for me
Darling, just dive right in
And follow my lead
Well, I found a girl, beautiful and sweet
I never knew you were the someone waiting for me
This time, his thumb wouldn’t have been nearly enough to catch all the tears that were falling down her face. His voice in her ear as he sang the meaningful lyrics had her feeling as though her heart really would burst.
Well, I found a woman, stronger than anyone I know
She shares my dreams, I hope that someday I’ll share her home
I found a love, to carry more than just my secrets
To carry love, to carry children of our own
She could imagine having children with this man that she loved, even though she’d always questioned whether she would make a good mother or not. He had helped quash those doubts, just as she knew she had done for him.
Baby, I’m dancing in the dark, with you between my arms
Barefoot on the grass, listenin’ to our favorite song
When I saw you in that dress, looking so beautiful
I don’t deserve this, Darling, you look perfect tonight
He pulled back to look at her. “Have I told you just how beautiful you look today, my love?” he interrupted his singing to ask. “You’re absolutely stunning .”
She gave him a watery smile as she nodded slightly and blushed, then kissed him sweetly before he finished singing the rest of the song to her.
I have faith in what I see
Now I know I have met an angel in person
And she looks perfect
No, I don’t deserve this
You look perfect tonight
“You do deserve it, Killian. You deserve all the happiness in the world.”
“And I’ve found it with you, Mrs. Jones.”